Reports on how many victims have died are conflicting. A medical source from Zalingei confirmed that two people have died so far. Eye witnesses claim that the unknown fever has claimed at least 10 lives, Radio Dabanga reports.
One of the victims confirmed by the medical source comes from the area of Doudou, which is west of Zalingei. The other victim was working in the gold mines of Jebel ‘Aamer, North Darfur.
Several reports have been released on the spread of the fever to the areas of Doudou, Tur Kolmey and Korley, according to Radio Dabanga.
A team has been sent to Korley, an area southeast of Zalingei, to assess the seriousness of the situation and to take patient samples.
Witnesses said that most of the victims of the unidentified fever are Arab nomads and workers in the gold excavation industry and that the people infected with the fever experience the symptoms of vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
The two victims died from injuries caused by measles. Complications for measles can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.